PICTURE by Wynne Evans shows Mike Davies playing for the Bulls in 2019/20.
TIER FOUR club Trearddur Bay Bulls have announced Mike Davies as their new player-manager this week.
Former Morawelon manager Derek Thomas has stepped down from the same role he held with the North Wales Coast West Premier outfit since June 2020 due to work commitments.
In Davies though, the Bulls have someone who knows exactly what it means to represent Trearddur Bay given his loyal service to the club down the years.
As a player, he was a defender who was a big part of the success the club enjoyed under the guidance of his brother Chris between 2008 and 2012. That truly formidable side, which featured the likes of prolific forward Asa Thomas (who Mike will now manage at the club) won 10 trophies during that time and were one of the best clubs in North Wales also.
More recently, he was part of the Holyhead Town side which won the Gwynedd League in 2017/18 and was a player for the Bulls just last season in the Gwynedd League, scoring twice. It is expected that Davies will carry on playing despite his new role also and will act as player-manager of the club.
Brother Chris will join Mike on the coaching team at Bulls along with Mark Williams, Mark Edwards, Gareth Owen and Si Thomas.
The club officially became Trearddur Bay Bulls in 2019 – when Bryngwran Bulls moved to TBay in order to go up to the Gwynedd League, having won the 2018/19 Anglesey League title.
As football returned to the Bay, a successful first season in the GL under long-serving manager Richard Owen and assistant Carwyn Jones followed and saw the club finish fourth in the table. However, Owen departed the club last year and was replaced by Thomas.
During his short stay there, Thomas brought along many former Morawelon players who had ruled North Wales football in their short existence as a club at the start of the last decade. Some of those include the aforementioned Asa Thomas, who surpassed the 500-goal mark for his career last season, and his familiar striker partner Gary Jo Owen who is also a lethal finisher with more than 200 goals to his name.
However, the club’s 3-2 win over Llanfairpwll on Tuesday also saw them showcase some great up-and-coming talent at Lon Isallt also – so they will go into the new campaign in tier four with a great mix of youthful energy and knowledgeable experience to call upon.
Having enjoyed unquestionable success as a player, I’m sure Davies will be a fantastic appointment as a manager for the club now and will more than do his bit to help those young players at the club progress in months to come also.
All the best to him in his new role!